Designs andPlcwu/or (^maH Homes MONTROSS LUMBER COMPANY Hardware & Builders Supplies Acme Quality Paint Phones 3556 - 3886 TROY, OHIO Edition First of all ---THE PLAN This book of Selected Small Homes is issued at a time of increasing interest in home building and home ownership. The search for the "right" home is frequently long drawn out and difficult, for the "right" home must suit individual tastes and meet every requirement. The home builder of today should note at the very beginning that certain conditions must be observed if his venture is to be successful and pleasant. Chief among these conditions is the strict necessity for good blue-printed plans and specifications. Small homes cannot be built without first being accurately planned. In the absence of a plan and specifications mistakes will certainly happen. The builder can escape the embarrassment and burden of a bill for "extras" only by using proper plans. The misfit homes in every community were planned while they were being built. It is our belief that you will find the plans suggested in this book sufficiently flex- ible and appropriate to solve your building problems. The plans shown have all been skillfully designed, and if good materials and workmanship are used, they will be a joy and a blessing forever to their prospective occupants. Working blueprints, lumber material lists and mi 1 1 work lists of any house design shown in "Selected Small Homes," can be furnished promptly. Reversed plans can be furnished as readily as regular plans. Minor changes and altera- tions in plans can be made by the carpenter-contractor on the job without the neces- sity of a special plan. Brown-Blodgett, Inc., Publishers, St. Paul 1, Minn. Copyright 1948 SELECTED MALL HOMES EIGHTH EDITION FLOOR PLANS FOR TWENTY- FIVE SMALL HOMES PUBLISHERS: BROWN -BLODGETT, INC. Empire Bank Building ST. PAUL 1, MINNESOTA The BISHOP SELECTED SMALL HOMES FOUR ROOMS 30x24 FEET 30-0' "A tidy little home" you'll say as you study this plan; a design and plan which puts home-ownership in the realm of possibility for a family in the low in- come group. And still, it has advantages usually found in larger houses. For instance, the sleeping quarters quite apart from living rooms. The kitchen has cabinets and ample working space. And note that every room has cross ventilation. The architect has worked out the problem of "much house at minimum cost." A little shrubbery and a well-kept lawn will complete a homey picture. (16,700 Cubic Feet) PIHIOF PAGE TWO SELECTED SMALL HOMES The WAYNE FOUR ROOMS 28x24 FEET Beautiful as a new streamlined car is this charming home. The style is Colonial — yearly becoming more popular. The cost of this beautiful home will be a pleasant surprise. It has every modern conveni- ence, yet fits the family with the modest in- come. Due to careful planning, this home is sur- prisingly roomy. There is a stairway to the attic, where additional bedrooms may be finished later on if necessary. Landscaped and planted, this home will be a credit to any neighborhood. (15,200 Cubic Feet) FllJf'fLMl'UAJl • WAY./1E • PAGE THREE The BARTON SELECTED SMALL HOMES FOUR ROOMS 26x28 FEET tt'-O' PEP EM ROOE FUJI MMOA - This especially interesting low-cost home says to the home builder of limited means "choose me/' and with good reason. Its attractive entrance, shutters to be painted to match the roof and clap- board sides beckon the homelover inside. The combination living and dining room, reached easily from the kitchen, answers a double purpose. The two bedrooms, convenient to bath, look out upon the back yard, which the proud owner will convert into lawn and garden. Here the sleeper will not be disturbed by street noises. There's a large attic too, and no costly roof dormer needed for the attic stairs. Yes, this is a little gem of a house which ordinary rent will pay for. (15,250 Cubic Feet) PAGE FOUR SELECTED SMALL HOMES The HENRY THE HENRY — The shingled exterior featuring a typical doorway of this Cape Cod home is in the best tradition. To the apartment dweller the living arrangement will indeed be a great relief. The un- usual position of the kitchen in front gives a view of "what goes on" in the immediate neighborhood. Bedrooms are in the rear and away from the street. (17,160 Cubic Feet) 30- 0" THE WALKER— This alternate plan has many of the same qualities of the Henry, but it is smaller. This is a minimum cost two bedroom house. The attic can be converted into more rooms. (15,120 Cubic Feet) 3 0- 0" FOUR ROOMS THE HENRY THE WALKER PAGE FIVE fioot m The ELDORA SELECTED SMALL HOMES FIVE ROOMS 26x34 FEET n-y 3 m mm m P JJIIAQ - BM nnu A forty-foot lot will accommodate this livable house nicely, with air space on both sides. Homes like this one make it possible for families of limited incomes to be their own landlords. The plan is a compact one, as befits a 2-bedroom house in which the housewife does her own work. Even as small a house as this one can have its fireplace, still leaving ample wall space. The vestibule arrangement adds to the outward appear- ance of the house without sacrificing interior space. (21 ,500 Cubic Feet) PAGE SIX L SELECTED SMALL HOMES The PERKINS FIVE ROOMS ATTACHED GARAGE 36x26 FEET The especially attractive exterior of the PERKINS, lengthened by the attached garage will give the owner of this house everlasting pride and enjoyment. A roomy two bedroom home with ample attic space that can be made into sleeping quarters when you build, or can be added later. The fireplace adds com- fort to the living room and saves fuel during "in-between weather." A full sized dining room will appeal to many. There are commodious bedroom closets, even a closet off the kitchen for vacuum cleaner, brooms and cleaning accessories. One side of the house for daytime activi- ties, the other for sleeping quarters, and a place for retirement when the young folks have company. Notice the cross ventilation in bedrooms and living room. (25,480 Cubic Feet) PEBXIHS fLOGHPLAft PAGE SEVEN The OGDEN SELECTED SMALL HOMES FIVE ROOMS 36x26 FEET Sb'-Q One likes an entrance hall in his house, which is a real problem for the designer of small homes, for an entrance hall takes up precious room. Yet, it has its advan- tages in cold weather. Here we have, besides the main hall, another one giving access to the sleeping quarters. Observe that every room has cross ventilation, except the kitchen, which has an outer entry door serving the purpose of venti- lation. The Ogden is not only an ex- ceptionally attractive cottage, but is also an economical one to build and easy to heat; and to pay for like rent. A "Cape Cod" brought up to date, that will never be outdated. (21,500 Cubic Feet) PAGE EIGHT L SELECTED SMALL HOMES The CLIFFWOOD FOUR ROOMS 28x24 FEET Just the right size for a pair of newlyweds, this attractive bungalow has space in the attic for a future bedroom or two, which can be completely finished without altering present outside walls. House, lot, taxes, heating and upkeep costs are all in keeping with many a newlywed's income. The bridegroom will like the recessed bathtub where he can have his morning shower, and the bride will enjoy her colorfully decorated kitchen with lots of light at the sink. Next to the chimney in the hallway she can place a tall chest of drawers for linen or have a lin- en closet built in. Simple arrangement, attractive appearance, eco- nomical for materials and labor to build, this home merits the careful consideration of those with a modest income. (16 000 Cubic Feet) PAGE NINE The MAXWELL SELECTED SMALL HOMES FIVE ROOMS 28x20 FEET For the small family, requiring only two bedrooms this Cape Cod bungalow is ideal. The living room, running the full depth of the house, has windows on three sides, a fireplace, and room for bookcases, piano, radio, lounge, table, and comfortable easy-chairs. The dining room has HJUT KOfl •MAXWHL nco/iD noon hkji • MAXWELL • a china closet; the kitchen is small and conveniently arranged; the central stairway is a desirable feature, and the closets upstairs are of good size, and an airing balcony at the rear helps the house- wife. On a forty-foot lot there is room for a driveway alongside the house. (13,700 Cubic Feet) PAGE TEN SELECTED SMALL HOMES The WADSWORTH FIVE ROOMS 30x26 FEET An inexpensive Cape Cod bungalow, de- signed for the limited purse. And yet it contains conveniences rarely found in a rented home. One who builds this economical little home wants no less, for instance, the enjoy- ment of his open fire-place. The designer has given the housewife's burdens thoughtful at- tention as will be seen in her workroom, the kitchen. In the attic is ample space for future bedrooms. The outside chimney saves room inside, and adds a touch of artistry and color to the exterior. One can pay for this home while enjoying its comforts, with monthly pay- ments little if any larger than the rent of a far Jess attractive and convenient home. (18,700 Cubic Feet) rUttT-FlDAE-PlA/l •WAD5W0IM- PAGE ELEVEN. The MAYFAIR SELECTED SMALL HOMES FOUR ROOMS 28x24 FEET flflST'fLOQJl • Plax • Economy is the keynote of this small family bungalow. The lot is small and easy to pay for, and so is the house. It is easy to heat in the winter and the taxes will be low. The housework, too, is easy, and with a step- ladder a woman can wash all the windows and put on the screens in spring. The lawn is small and can be easily mowed with a light-running mower. In the basement an oil heater, a washing machine and a drying room will make inde- pendence complete. This little home can be made just as attractive, comfortable and cozy as it is economical. (15,100 Cubic Feet) PAGE TWELVE L SELECTED SMALL HOMES The GORMAN FOUR ROOMS 30x24 FEET The Colonial style has a charm all its own. This New England four room bungalow has a liv- ing room not too large to be warmed by the fire- place. The home can be enlarged in the summer by building a terrace at the rear and having an awning over it or a shingled roof. Screening it will make a summer sun porch or dining room. And drop curtains can be added for protection against wind and rain. With suitable planting and a vine covered en- trance where could you find a more ideal honey- moon cottage? What young bride would not en- joy starting housekeeping in this delightful home? (16,200 Cubic Feet) ■4 3-4. II- o~ (M an 12 llMlO'-O fi&m Horn Pin • GORMJM ■ PAGE THIRTEEN The BRAD EN SELECTED SMALL HOMES FIVE ROOMS 36x26 FEET $b'0 HOM'PUJI •turn- The bedrooms in this house are larger than usually found in most houses in the lower cost range. They have good sized closets, too. On entering, the visitor can look clear through the house, to the garden beyond, a pleasing vista. The outside chimney, which will be in pleas- ing color contrast with the painting scheme, betokens a friendly hearth in- side. This house will fit in with any set- ting, in city or suburbs, amongst trees and with a well-kept lawn. Really, a home with a "come-hither" look. (24,300 Cubic Feet) PAGE FOURTEEN SELECTED SMALL HOMES The FOSDICK FOUR ROOMS 30x24 FEET ■^^^MHMHBH To transplant one's family from a stuffy apartment or a run-down rented dwelling into this neat little cottage will open a new life to them. It is an inexpensive home to build and upkeep will be small. Sunshine a-plenty, air from four exposures. Storage space in the attic, and one might sleep there if necessary. The front porch gives an air of hospitality, betokens comforts inside. Sleeping quarters and bath apart from daytime space. Dining space in kitchen suggests quick meals con- venient to stove, cabinets and sink. Plenty of closet room/ too. A neat little two-bedroom house, easy to finance and pay for like rent, with more solid comfort than rent money can buy. Attractive outside appearance, also. (14,500 Cubic Feet) ■\mtl- \. ^ • HQDE-PLA/i PAGE FIFTEEN A The MITCHELL SELECTED SMALL HOMES FOUR ROOMS THE MITCHELL 30x26 FEET THE MOORHEAD 28x24 FEET THE MITCHELL— This selected small Cape Cod house has everything a small family needs, a charm- ing exterior, a living room of good proportion and size. It has a well arranged kitchen with dining space. This area has a picture window overlooking the garden. (17,940 Cubic Feet) 50-0" PAGE SIXTEEN THE MOORHEAD— This variation of the Mitchell is condensed two feet each way to fill the need for a minimum cost house. A very workable plan. All rooms have two exposures. Provision is made in the attic for more rooms. (14,784 Cubic Feet) 28-0 L SELECTED SMALL HOMES The PLYMOUTH FOUR ROOMS AND DINETTE 32 x 24 FEET 3 2- 0* An unusually charming home for a small family. It offers much that one usually looks for in an expensive home. A good sized living room with fireplace, flanked by win- dows. Plenty of closet space. A dinette large enough for ordinary purposes, with possibilities in the living room for a large dinner for relatives or other guests. Bed- rooms with cross ventilation, and unbroken wall space for twin beds. Ample storage space in attic. An external picture of homi- ness which will gladden the heart of the renter who now collects only rent receipts. A narrow lot house, occupying so little space that room is left for lawn and flower garden. (19,200 Cubic Feet) ROOHUN • PLYMOUTH PAGE SEVEN fbLN The SELKIRK SELECTED SMALL HOMES SIX ROOMS 28x24 FEET Here is a moderate cost Cope Cod house so re- markable in simplicity of design and so practical that it deserves special study by the prospective home builder. It has just about everything that could be desired in a house of this size. Three bedrooms, with lavatory on ground floor and bath upstairs. Another highly desirable feature is its wealth of closet space so nec- essary for living comfort. The vestibule, with coat closet, prevents chilling the living room when entering the house. For ordi- nary purposes, the dining space in the kitchen saves foot-work, and promotes convenience in serving meals. The first floor bedroom is sepa- rated from the living room by a hall. The archway between living room and dining room gives a feel- ing of spaciousness. The exterior has particular charm. You'll like the "Selkirk". JtMD-HOOE-PlU (15,500 Cubic Feet) PAGE EIGHTEEN L SELECTED SMALL HOMES The YONKERS FIVE ROOMS 34x26 FEET This bungalow has a number of attractive fea- tures. The Colonial exterior is always in good taste. The wide lot gives a nice lawn in front and ample garden and garage space behind. The extra stall in a double garage might pay a good part of the fuel bills. The large living room can accommodate large and comfortable furniture without crowding a piano, a big over-stuffed davenport, radio, and some easy chairs. The kitchen has a window over the sink and room for more cupboards in one corner. The bedrooms have cross ventilation. Bungalows naturally spread out and provide more basement room for laundry, storage and per- haps an amusement room. (18,650 Cubic Feet) ?*-«• YMttM PAGE NINETEEN The KEENE SELECTED SMALL HOMES FIVE ROOMS 35x34 FEET TllM-fLOOL LAJl' This spacious bungalow will nicely accommo- date a family of six, if one room is finished off upstairs. The large living room, lighted by five windows, and made cheerful by a fireplace, still has ample wall space for comfortable furniture. The "master bedroom" in front has space for twin beds, and note the two closets so conveni- ently placed. Notice too, the many other closets and the built-in features. Nothing that contributes to the up-to-date well arranged home is lacking in this beautiful home. Where could you find a better arranged small home? (22,250 Cubic Feet) PAGE TWENTY SELECTED SMALL HOMES The JOHNSTOWN SIX ROOMS 32x28 FEET This home, in the Cape Cod style has all the con- veniences that most families desire. It has three com- fortable bedrooms and six closets, besides a coat Sf CO/ID closet in the vestibule. It has a lavatory and toilet downstairs for the gardener member of the family, a breakfast nook, a fireplace at the end of a large living room with plenty of wall space for comfort- able furniture, and a dining room, too, that will accommodate din- ner guests. The compactness of the house makes it com- fortable, easy to care for and economical both to build and to heat. (23,500 Cubic Feet) jnunm PAGE TWENTY-ONE The FAIRBANKS SELECTED SMALL HOMES FIVE ROOMS AND DINETTE 28x22 FEET A compact Cape Cod Colonial which offers much that is usually found in larger, more expensive homes. While small in foundation dimensions — an important point, considering cost of building, as well as of heating — it has some charming features. Large dining rooms are rarely needed for family purposes when there is a dinette. The accessibility of the kitchen to the dining room makes it easy to entertain an unusual WO number of guests. The living room with its fireplace and bay window, and stairs rising from the rear, is a room of great charm. The upstairs is simplicity itself. The whole house may be called the house of thrift. The exterior, shingled or clap-boarded, with its neat brick porch and steps lends an air of homeness. (15,000 Cubic Feet) PAGE TWENTY-TWO 5ECO/ID-N.0OE-PIM L FlttT-rlM-PUJl ^^^■^■1 SELECTED SMALL HOMES The CASPER FOUR ROOMS AND DINETTE 32x26 FEET One might call this a "Model Home." The floor plan is designed for easy accessibility to all rooms and bath. This feature appeals to the house- keeper. The dining space is large and will be used even more than a dining room with its large windows overlook- ing the garden. An interesting Cape Cod exterior with a slightly projecting double bay window adds interest and distinction. Provision is made for additional rooms upstairs should you wish to add them later. The "Casper" fits a narrow lot. (19,270 Cubic Feet) ■ ■BED-EM 8 - 9 x, 3-9 fWLL - -LlVIMG;£M /fe-e * iz'-a" 5ED-2M PAGE TWENTY-THREE CASPER. U00£- PLAM The PENNINGTON SELECTED SMALL HOMES FIVE ROOMS 24x24 FEET For the small family with modest income and simple tastes this home is ideal. A small house on a small lot, with consequent lower taxes, makes it easy to pay for. Well insulated, it provides both winter and summer com- fort with extremely low fuel costs. For the newly married couple ' pr | , iii i i i I ~ ^tl Si"w* the bedroom, bath, and large closets on the first floor make it possible to live all on one floor and let one or both bedrooms upstairs go unfinished until they are needed. The couple whose children are married can likewise live on one floor and let children and other guests do the stair climb- ing. The large living room makes entertaining easy, (13,250 Cubic Feet) FIMffLOOUUJ! stmt noon km PAGE TWENTY-FOUR J INDEX TO CONTENTS • The BARTON Page 4 The BISHOP Page 2 The BRADEN - - - - - - Page 14 The CASPER Page 23 The CLIFFWOOD - - - - - Page 9 The ELDORA Page 6 The FAIRBANKS Page 22 The FOSDICK Page 15 The GORMAN ------ Page 13 The HENRY ------ Page 5 The JOHNSTOWN - - - - Page 21 The KEENE - - - - - - Page 20 The MAXWELL ----- Page 10 The MAYFA1R Page 12 The MITCHELL Page 16 The MOORHEAD Page 16 The OGDEN Page 8 The PENNINGTON - - - - Page 24 The PERKINS Page 7 The PLYMOUTH Page 17 The SELKIRK ----- p g e 18 The WADSWORTH - - - - p ag e 11 The WALKER Page 5 The WAYNE ------ p age 3 The YONKERS Page 19 Published by Brown-Blodgett, Inc. ST. PAUL 1, MINNESOTA PLAN BOOKS PUBLISHED BY BROWN - BLODGETT, INC EMPIRE BANK BUILDING, ST. PAUL 1, MINNESOTA NEW ERA HOUSES • SECOND EDITION • REVISED Many Ranch type houses, some expandable; Cape Cod /louses, modernized; Colonial and Dutch Colonial houses. 22 plans by prominent architects. THE BOOK OF 100 HOMES • BOOK "K" • TENTH REVISION 104 pages • 102 /loose designs • 107 floor plans Two story houses. Ranch type houses, bungalows, and four duplexes or two- family income producing homes. A standard book with many revisions. SELECTED SMALL HOMES • EIGHTH EDITION 32 pages • 23 house designs • 25 floor plans Meefs the demand for homes of low cost. THE BOOK OF 30 HOMES • FIFTH EDITION 32 pages • 30 house designs • 37 floor plans In the low and medium price range. HOMEBUILDERS BOOK OF LOW COST HOMES • THIRD EDITION 32 pages • 37 house designs • 36 floor plans Contains many popular designs in the low cost Held. LOW COST COTTAGE BOOK • SECOND EDITION 16 pages • 15 house designs • 18 flosr plans Filling the need for plans of houses in the minimum price bracket. Houses in this book are less costly than any in our plan book line. MODERN FARM AND SUBURBAN BUILDINGS • targe selection of buildings for farm and suburbs. For Blueprints of Working Drawings, lumber and Millwork Lists, Specification-Contract Forms of any house shown in our Plan Books, inquire of local lumber dealer or the publisher.